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Splitting Heirs (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 30 April 1993 (USA)
A member of the English upper class dies, leaving his estate and his business to an American, whom he thinks is his son who was lost as a baby and then found again. An Englishman who thinks... See full summary »

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Brenda Bruce ...
Mrs. Bullock
William Franklyn ...
Andrews
Charu Bala Chokshi ...
Mrs. Patel (as Charubala Chokshi)
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Jobson the Doorman
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A member of the English upper class dies, leaving his estate and his business to an American, whom he thinks is his son who was lost as a baby and then found again. An Englishman who thinks he is an Indian comes to believe that he is actually the heir. He comes to hate the American who is his boss, his friend, and the man who has stolen the woman after whom he lusts. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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A wickedly funny comedy of royal proportions.

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Rated PG-13 for nudity and sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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$3,246,063 (USA)
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The final film of Brenda Bruce. See more »

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At the 1 hour, one minute mark of the film, Patel falls from a window shutter and lands on a poolside lounger, which rolls into the swimming pool. You can clearly see the attached cable, the Crew used to pull the lounger into the pool. See more »

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CID Officer: We believe foul play was involved.
Tommy Patel: Surely you don't think I...
CID Officer: I don't think anything, sir. I'm a police officer.
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and *introducing* John Cleese See more »

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Referenced in What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) See more »

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LA MÈRE
Music by Michael Kamen
Lyrics by Eric Idle
Performed by Eric Idle
Published by Michael K-Man Corp. and Sony Songs, Inc.
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comedy without laughs
7 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

The long line of Dukes of Bournemouth have all been idiots. The last one married American Lucinda (Duchess Lucinda). The hapless pair and their friends left their baby Thomas Henry Butterfly Rainbow Peace in a restaurant back in the 60s. Tommy Patel (Eric Idle) grew up in an East Indian family and works for the Bournemouths as a commodity trader. He is assigned to host outrageous Henry Bullock (Rick Moranis). Henry gets Tommy fired. When the Duke dies, Henry turns out to be the new Duke and hires back Tommy. Lucinda recognizes a similarity between Tommy and her late husband. As evidences mount, he investigates the truth behind the Duke's missing baby. He goes to lawyer Shadgrind (John Cleese) who suggests killing Henry is the only way to go. Tommy starts to having a conflicted relationship with Henry especially as he sleeps with Kitty (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and then she reveals that she's marrying Henry.

I don't understand Shadgrind's hints about the Duke. There should be an easy paternity test. That would be the first thing that comes to my mind. I don't understand the central concede of killing the Duke. It's a screwball black comedy without any laughs. It's a comedy of confusion. Both Rick Moranis and Eric Idle are nice comedians. I just didn't laugh once.


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